The Philanderer OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • SBW

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  • TM

Opening Night:
January 22, 2012
Closing:
February 19, 2012

Theater: New York City Center - Stage II / 131 West 55th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Leonard Charteris has two big problems--called Grace and Julia. He can't quite win the heart of one or break free of the other. And he's fairly sure it's all Henrik Ibsen's fault. Bernard Shaw's pert and playful satire serves up a wise and wicked portrait of the perilous joys of love in a modern age.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Philanderer

    Modern Love à la Shaw, From His Life

    DANIEL M. GOLD

    January 31, 2012: In a Victorian London galvanized by “A Doll’s House,” a rake is caught between the woman he loves and the woman who loves him. All are members of the Ibsen Club, where men and women may socialize, provided they are committed to more “advanced,” modern relationships. Eventually, though, all learn that each alternative — marriage or an idealized, unrealized courtship of equals — carries its own disappointments.

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  • THE HUFFINGTON POST REVIEW OF The Philanderer

    Titillation and Tantrums: Shaw's Philanderer at the Pearl Theater

    Regina Weinreich

    January 24, 2012: The Pearl Theatre Company revival of George Bernard Shaw's The Philanderer had many in the audience wondering why this delightful and deliciously scandalous play is not produced more often. Of course, the sex implied and on view between corseted women and waist-coated men is nothing to raise a contemporary eyebrow, but in its day, 1893, it was banned for 15 years.

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  • SHOW BUSINESS WEEKLY REVIEW OF The Philanderer

    The Philanderer

    Cary Gitter

    January 25, 2012: People who care about theater grapple with certain questions: What should theater be? Where is theater going? To approach these issues, one must first know where theater has been. The Pearl Theatre Company, now in its twenty-eighth season, provides us with this knowledge by thoughtfully staging classic plays year after year. Its newest offering is a production of Bernard Shaw’s 1893 comedy, The Philanderer.

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  • CURTAIN UP REVIEW OF The Philanderer

    The Philanderer

    Elyse Sommer

    January 18, 2012: Bernard Shaw was at the very beginning of his career when he wrote The Philander in 1893. Yet he already displayed his penchant of taking on eyebrow raising issues. In this, his second play he focused on the battle of the sexes but also included the generation gap and the medical profession and poked fun at the British reaction to Henrik Ibsen's ground-breaking feminist plays like The Doll's House. Small wonder that it was considered too controversial, delaying its first production until almost a decade later.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The Philanderer

    The Philanderer

    Andy Propst

    January 23, 2012: George Bernard Shaw tweaks the Edwardian ideals of "manly men" and "womanly women," even as he jests about an alternative to such gender roles in The Philanderer, which Pearl Theatre Company is currently offering at New York City Center Stage II.

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